Gardai seize €80k in drug dealer raid
Gardai seized €80,000 and a large haul of drugs mixing agents in a special operation that targeted a major drug dealer with close links to the biggest north Dublin trafficking gangs.
The Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau were backed up by local detectives when they made the massive bust in Navan, Co Meath, as part of a operation on Wednesday night.
The chief target of the investigation is a 34-year-old criminal who was previously closely linked to slain gang bosses Martin 'Marlo' Hyland and David 'Babyface' Lindsay.
He is now suspected of laundering cash for the gangs that replaced those led by the murdered men.
It has emerged that the massive cash haul was discovered in a house, and the mixing agent was also seized in a property searched by armed officers.
The main target of the operation, as well as two women, was arrested after the searches took place. All three have since been released without charge.
It is understood that the mixing agent was first thought to be drugs, but tests proved otherwise. The cash has now been seized by gardai.
"The cash could be used as an exhibit in a money-laundering prosecution if that happens down the line.
"It is a great coup in fairness, as this individual is one of the biggest players in the entire east of the country," a senior source said last night.
The target was previously jailed for 10 years for the possession of cocaine in a bust which led to such paranoia in his mob that another man was shot dead, because he was blamed for gardai getting information.
While serving a jail sentence for this offence, the dealer was caught with illegal mobile phones on a number of occasions, and was suspected of running his drug operations from Wheatfield Prison in 2008 and 2009.
He was only released from jail last year, but since then has continued his drug-related activities.